Scholz’s Social Democrats seen winning state vote in Germany


              Bernd Althusmann, CDU top candidate, stands at the polling station casting his vote for the state election in Lower Saxony in Suedergellersen, Sunday, Oct.9, 2022.  (Marcus Brandt/dpa via AP)
            
              Lars Schieske (AfD), candidate in the runoff election for mayor of the city of Cottbus, arrives at the polling station in the Cottbus district of Kiekebusch, Sunday, Oct.9, 2022. In the main election in Brandenburg's second largest city, SPD candidate Schick won 31.8 percent of the vote on Sept. 11, while AfD candidate Schieske received 26.4 percent. (Frank Hammerschmidt/dpa via AP)
            
              Stephan Weil (SPD), Minister President of Lower Saxony, arrives to cast his ballot for the state election in Lower Saxony in Hannover, Germany, Sunday, Oct.9, 2022. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
            
              Stephan Weil (SPD), Minister President of Lower Saxony, arrives with his wife Rosemarie Kerkow-Weil to cast their votes for the state election in Lower Saxony in Hannover, Germany, Sunday, Oct.9, 2022. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
            
              Stephan Weil (SPD), Minister President of Lower Saxony, talks to media after casting his ballot for the state election in Lower Saxony in Hannover, Germany, Sunday, Oct.9, 2022. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
            
              FILE --Stephan Weil, Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate in Lower Saxony attends a news conference at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The opposition parties SPD and Green Party eked out a victory in a neck-and-neck state election in Lower Saxony, Germany, winning 69 seats in Lower Saxony, home to about one tenth of German voters, while the governing Christian Democrats and Free Democrats retained 68 seats. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)
Scholz’s Social Democrats seen winning state vote in Germany